JAMMU, Mar 14: The Government Saturday informed that 164 persons have completed their 28-day surveillance period and, so far, only two cases have been tested positive in Jammu and Kashmir.
According to the daily Media Bulletin on novel coronavirus (COVID-19), 1878 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been put under surveillance while as 1567 persons are under home quarantine.
Persons who are in hospital quarantine stand at 24 and 123 persons are under home surveillance.
Further, the Bulletin said that 89 samples have been sent for testing, of which 78 tested as negative and only two cases have tested positive, so far while as reports of nine cases are awaited till March 14, 2020.
The public in general has been requested to lend its support in efforts of the government to strengthen surveillance mechanism by making self-declaration about their foreign travel history to health authorities. Moreover all social, religious and political organisations are urged to avoid large gatherings.
Reiterating that there is no need to panic, the media bulletin advised public to maintain social distancing, avoid unnecessary travel and use of public transport; avoid crowded places and large gatherings, taking basic precautions for personal hygiene; frequent hand washing with soap and water; and observing coughing and sneezing etiquettes. “If anyone has fever, cough and difficulty in breathing, seek medical care at the earliest,” the bulletin reads.
People have been urged to rely only on the information released by the government in this regard through the daily media bulletin to print and electronic media.
The general public has been advised to adhere to advisories issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, GoI & UT Government of J&K from time to time in the background of the present COVID-19 outbreak.